Daphne laureola


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Yellow, Green


Fruit, Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

This is one of the less common daphnes, an eastern Mediterranean species which prefers sunny positions but will grow quite happily in the heavy shade of trees. The basic species makes a medium-size branching shrub, dense and richly coloured with its highly polished evergreen leaves, 8cm (3in) long and arranged in neat rosettes. The tubular flowers are small and fragrant, arranged in loose spidery pairs at the base of new shoots and appearing late in spring. Plants like a cool moist rootrun, but need perfect drainage.

Family: Thymelaeceae

Genus: Daphne

Species: laureola

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow, Green

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Fruit, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

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